Milica Tomiç :: I am Milica Tomiç :: video installation ZKM Projektraum Medienmuseum :: 22.3. - 5.5. 21.00
"My name is Milica and I got it in 1960. I was born in Belgrade, in Yugoslavia, a country which in those years entered the phase of sudden modernization.
However, in the early 1980s, I began to meet people who pronounced my name with awe. In the few years of socializing with people who pronounced my name with awe, I suddenly felt pierced by the arrow of necessity to equate the following elements:
That which I considered to be my most intimate identity, the fact that I am an Orthodox Christian Serbian, in the late 1980s set in motion a hypnotic pendulum of state politics that produced the mass hallucinatory effect of a collective identity, in which there was no place for those who did not feel like Serbs or Orthodox Christians. Moreover, ideologists of this policy claimed that the intimacy of the personal identity was biologically determined, written into the genes, and that the Serbs who do not feel like that were bastards with a genetic defect, and that they should be destroyed since they were a wound on the healthy body of the Serb community. Then I discovered that my own, intimate identity is actually a carefully devised trap that flawlessly traps the prey of identity, regardless of whether I, Milica, Serbian and Orthodox Christian, am ready to denounce or at least relativize it. Put before the impossible choice: the wound or the healthy body of the nation, I have decided to privately keep the identity of an Orthodox Serbian, while publicly speaking from the position of a wound" (Milica Tomiç).
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ives and works in Belgrade; exhibitions a.o. 2001 Charim Gallery, Vienna; 2000 Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem; Gallery CAMERA AUSTRIA, Graz; Gallery Charim Klocker, Vienna; Kunsthalle Vienna; 1999 Gallery Taxispalais, Innsbruck; Gallery Kulturni Centar, Belgrade; Group exhibitions a.o. 2001 Konverzacija, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; ARS 01, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, Helsinki; double life, Generali Foundation, Wien; 2000 cooperativ Kunstdialoge Ost West, Kunstverein Ulm; 2000+ Arteast collection, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana; SHOO, Malmö Konsthall; 1999 After the Wall, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; 1998 Focus Belgrad, IFA Gallery Berlin; 1997 Zonen der Ver_Störung, Steirischer Herbst Graz
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